A conversation between Robert Hanna and Scott Heftler

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Philosophy Talks, With Bob And Scott is a series of conversations about fundamental philosophical ideas, problems, and topics, from A to Z.

The aim of these conversations is to move us beyond the false dichotomy between Analytic philosophy and so-called “Continental” philosophy–as if there were no other relevant alternatives: but in fact, there is at least one–toward a broadly and radically Kantian philosophy of the future.

This is the first episode.

In this episode, we discuss:

1. The state of Analytic philosophy after Quine.

2. Phenomenological vs behaviorist approaches to introspection.

3. The restructuring of philosophy departments since the…


By Robert Hanna

“The Great Day of His Wrath,” by John Martin (1851–1853)

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How to Avoid The End of The World

Recently, I read an interesting and indeed important essay by Slavoj Žižek on the impending ecological apocalypse that’s caused by climate change and by humanly-created natural environmental damage and exploitation more generally, “Last Exit to Socialism.”[i]

Leaving aside Žižek’s patented edgy, ironic, and mordant prose style, he’s cogently arguing for (i) a robustly anthropocentric approach to ecophilosophy and (ii) immediate worldwide activism, both of which I strongly endorse too.

What I’d also want to add to those, however, is a broadly and…


By Robert Hanna

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The term “Analytic philosophy” has six basic and closely related, but also non-trivially distinct, meanings: (i) prior to 1950, the tradition of late 19th century and early 20th century Anglo-Europeanphilosophy that presents and defines itself as essentially distinct from and opposed to all forms of idealistic philosophy, especially Immanuel Kant’s transcendental idealism[i] and 19th century neo-Kantian philosophy, and G.W.F. Hegel’s absolute idealism and late 19th century British neo-Hegelian philosophy;[ii] (ii) after 1950, the tradition of mid- to late-20th century and early 21st century Anglo-American philosophy…


By Robert Hanna

[I] was then making plans for a work that might perhaps have the title, “The Limits of Sense and Reason.” I planned to have it consist of two parts, a theoretical and a practical. The first part would have two sections, (1) general phenomenology and (2) metaphysics, but this only with regard to its method. (Letter to Marcus Herz, 21 February 1772 [C 10: 129])

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An edgy essay by Robert Hanna

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“The Pig War: A Musical,” Or, A Contemporary Philosophical Allegory Filled With Pigs of Various Kinds

“It was eating my potatoes”… “It is up to you to keep your potatoes out of my pig.”

As almost everyone knows, Canada Day occurs annually on 1 July, and US Independence Day also occurs yearly on 4 July.

The second pandemic year 2021 has not been not a particularly good or happy year for either Canada or the USA — a year filled with hundreds of thousands needless deaths from the COVID-19 virus, revelations of horrendous, murderous treatment of indigenous people in Canada, and systemically racist police…

Mr Nemo

Formerly Captain Nemo. A not-so-very-angry, but still unemployed, full-time philosopher-nobody.

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